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NAME

       autom4te - Generate files and scripts thanks to M4

SYNOPSIS

       autom4te [OPTION]... [FILES]

DESCRIPTION

       Run  GNU M4 on the FILES, avoiding useless runs.  Output the traces if tracing, the frozen
       file if freezing, otherwise the expansion of the FILES.

       If some of the FILES are named `FILE.m4f' they are considered to be M4 frozen files of all
       the  previous  files  (which  are therefore not loaded).  If `FILE.m4f' is not found, then
       `FILE.m4' will be used, together with all the previous files.

       Some files may be optional, i.e., will only be processed if found in the include path, but
       then must end in `.m4?';  the question mark is not part of the actual file name.

   Operation modes:
       -h, --help
              print this help, then exit

       -V, --version
              print version number, then exit

       -v, --verbose
              verbosely report processing

       -d, --debug
              don't remove temporary files

       -o, --output=FILE
              save output in FILE (defaults to `-', stdout)

       -f, --force
              don't rely on cached values

       -W, --warnings=CATEGORY
              report the warnings falling in CATEGORY

       -l, --language=LANG
              specify the set of M4 macros to use

       -C, --cache=DIRECTORY
              preserve results for future runs in DIRECTORY

       --no-cache
              disable the cache

       -m, --mode=OCTAL
              change the non trace output file mode (0666)

       -M, --melt
              don't use M4 frozen files

   Languages include:
       `Autoconf'
              create Autoconf configure scripts

       `Autotest'
              create Autotest test suites

       `M4sh' create M4sh shell scripts

       `M4sugar'
              create M4sugar output

   Warning categories include:
       `cross'
              cross compilation issues

       `gnu'  GNU coding standards (default in gnu and gnits modes)

       `obsolete'
              obsolete features or constructions

       `override'
              user redefinitions of Automake rules or variables

       `portability'
              portability issues (default in gnu and gnits modes)

       `syntax'
              dubious syntactic constructs (default)

       `unsupported'
              unsupported or incomplete features (default)

       `all'  all the warnings

       `no-CATEGORY'
              turn off warnings in CATEGORY

       `none' turn off all the warnings

       `error'
              treat warnings as errors

       The environment variables `M4' and `WARNINGS' are honored.

   Library directories:
       -B, --prepend-include=DIR
              prepend directory DIR to search path

       -I, --include=DIR
              append directory DIR to search path

   Tracing:
       -t, --trace=MACRO[:FORMAT]
              report the MACRO invocations

       -p, --preselect=MACRO
              prepare to trace MACRO in a future run

   Freezing:
       -F, --freeze
              produce an M4 frozen state file for FILES

   FORMAT defaults to `$f:$l:$n:$%', and can use the following escapes:
       $$     literal $

       $f     file where macro was called

       $l     line where macro was called

       $d     nesting depth of macro call

       $n     name of the macro

       $NUM   argument NUM, unquoted and with newlines

       $SEP@  all arguments, with newlines, quoted, and separated by SEP

       $SEP*  all arguments, with newlines, unquoted, and separated by SEP

       $SEP%  all arguments, without newlines, unquoted, and separated by SEP

       SEP  can be empty for the default (comma for @ and *, colon for %), a single character for
       that character, or {STRING} to use a string.

AUTHOR

       Written by Akim Demaille.

REPORTING BUGS

       Report bugs to <bug-autoconf@gnu.org>.
       GNU Autoconf home page: <http://www.gnu.org/software/autoconf/>.
       General help using GNU software: <http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/>.

COPYRIGHT

       Copyright © 2012 Free Software Foundation, Inc.  License GPLv3+/Autoconf: GNU GPL  version
       3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>, <http://gnu.org/licenses/exceptions.html>
       This  is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.  There is NO WARRANTY,
       to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO

       autoconf(1),  automake(1),  autoreconf(1),  autoupdate(1),   autoheader(1),   autoscan(1),
       config.guess(1), config.sub(1), ifnames(1), libtool(1).

       The  full  documentation  for autom4te is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the info and
       autom4te programs are properly installed at your site, the command

              info autom4te

       should give you access to the complete manual.